Hang on a minute,
South Africa 2010
South America 2014 (in all likelihood with FIFA wanting to rotate continents, and the previous 3 had been Asia, Europe, Africa)
Please explain the Europe having "3 of the last 4" comment in more detail.
2014 should be going to South America, if it doesn't then 2018 must. If 2018 goes to Europe, many of the "major" footballing nations have had it relatively 'recently.' That is, Germany 2006, France 2002, Italy 1990, Spain 1982. England won't have had it for 52 years, so surely have to be one of the favourites if it goes to Europe.
Sorry my mistake I was getting two stories mixed up, there was / is concerns about South Africa’s ability to host the 2010 world cup finals due to security issues and infrastructure problems, and it has been muted about the 2010 finals being relocated in a different location.
These have been denied by FIFA, but that is where the three in four numbers for Europe comes from.
FIFA is made up of UEFA (Europe), CONCACAF (North, Central America and the Caribbean), AFC (Asia), CAF (Africa), CONMEBOL (South America) and Oceania.
If it is rotating CONCACAF, Asia and Oceania would be due to host it before a return to Europe so that would push it out to 2022 at the very least. Oceania can not be ruled out after the Sydney Olympics proved they could successfully host a major sporting event and they are the only confederation never to have hosted the finals.
As for England not hosting the finals for 52 years, a Scandinavian / Nordic country has not hosted it since Sweden in 1958 and an Eastern European country has never held the finals are they not more valid contenders than England? But England will be one of the favourites if it is to come to Europe.